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CNN chose facts over another appearance by Kellyanne Conway

  • CNN’s communications team shut down Kellyanne Conway, calling out the “alternative facts” specialist for using alternative facts of her own.
  • It began Saturday, when Huff Post reported that CNN actively chose not to put Conway on air on their flagship Sunday show, State of the Union. 
  • The New York Times later quoted CNN’s explanation that turning Conway down was because of “serious questions about her credibility.”
  • Conway denied that report, saying she “could not do live Sunday shows this week [because] of family.”
  • CNN fired back a half-hour later, saying the White House offered to make Conway available for the show, but they “passed” on her appearance. Read more

CNN commentator shuts down analyst who compares “vagina-grabbing” Trump to MLK

  • Jeffrey Lord, a former Reagan White House staff member hired by CNN in 2015 for the sole purpose of defending President Donald Trump, called Trump “the Martin Luther King of health care” on Thursday morning. 
  • Lord compared Trump’s push on an unpopular health care bill to King’s leadership during the Civil Rights Act.Symone Sanders, a former staffer on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, who sat opposite Lord and who is black, did not agree with that characterization.
  • “Jeffrey, you do understand… you do understand that Dr. King was marching for civil rights because people that look like me were being beaten, dogs were being sicced on them, basic human rights were being withheld from them merely because of the color of their skin?” Sanders asked. 

  • “So let’s not equate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a humanitarian, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, to the vagina-grabbing President Donald Trump.” Read more. (4/13/2017 12:31 PM)

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3 big takeaways from Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz’s CNN debate

  • Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders held no punches about just what the looming prospect of an ACA repeal meant for the country.
  •  While Cruz insisted Republicans would provide better access to health care at a lower price point than the ACA, Sanders fairly pointed out the party still has little idea how to do that and risks stripping insurance from tens of millions who did not have it before the law went into effect. Read mo
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Sean Spicer bars the ‘Times,’ BBC, CNN from press briefing amid White House’s war on media

  • On Friday, the Trump administration took its anti-press rhetoric to the next level when several outlets, including the New York Times and CNN, were blocked from attending an informal briefing with White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
  • Other outlets including the far-right Breitbart and the Washington Times were allowed in, according to the Hill, one of the outlets that wasn’t permitted access.
  • The administration’s actions on Friday directly contradict how Spicer previously said the press should be treated. 
  • Back in December, he told Politico’s Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer that the Trump White House would not take the authoritarian step of banning reporters. Read more (2/24/17 3:22 PM)